AURORA | The closest Centennial League boys golf tournament of the year saw just three strokes separate second and fourth places.
At the top, Arapahoe ran away with a 16-stroke victory in the league’s third meet of the season Thursday at Murphy Creek Golf Course, but a tight bunch followed. Mullen snared second place with a team score of 314, followed closely by Cherry Creek (316) and the top two Aurora teams — Cherokee Trail and Grandview — which each shot 317.
Cherokee Trail’s Ben Knapp improved six strokes from the first to the second Centennial League tournament and dropped three more strokes in the third, shooting a season-best 74 that was second only to Arapahoe’s Henry Schaefer’s 68.
Grandview’s Randy Urso came in with a 75 that put him in a three-way tie for fifth place, while teammate Devyn Solano solidified his fifth place standing in the league’s individual standings with a 76. The Wolves got an 80 from Kyle Carr, a score matched by the Cougars’ Alex Anderson and Ben John.
Smoky Hill came in sixth with senior Joey Cleveland’s 76 leading the way.
Next best among Aurora players was Overland junior Joe Slocum, who checked in with a 77, which was five strokes better than his two previous league tournaments.
The fourth Centennial League tournament is scheduled for Sept. 6 at Fitzsimons G.C.
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CENTENNIAL LEAGUE MEET NO. 3
Thursday at Murphy Creek G.C.
Team scores: 1. Arapahoe 298; 2. Mullen 314; 3. Cherry Creek 316; T4. Cherokee Trail 317; T4. Grandview 317; 6. Smoky Hill 331; Eaglecrest 384; Overland no score
Top five individuals: 1. Henry Schaefer (Arapahoe) 68; 2. Ben Knapp (Cherokee Trail) 74; T3. Randy Urso (Grandview) 75; T3. Grant Vanek (Mullen) 75; Russell Otten (Arapahoe) 75
AURORA SCORES BY TEAM
Cherokee Trail: Ben Knapp 74, Alex Anderson 80, Ben John 80, Mitch Nevin 83, Dave Matthews 88
Eaglecrest: Justin Tyler 92, Alejandro Torres 96, Isaiah Dixon 96, Jeff Sternisha 100, Brandon Rivoire 113
Grandview: Randy Urso 75, Devyn Solano 76, Kyle Carr 80, Shane Pouilot 86, Chad Tam 89
Overland: Joe Slocum 77, Von Owen 90, Mac Dings 96
Smoky Hill: Joey Cleveland 76, Blake Spencer 79, Mitch Robben 85, Joe Klotz 91, Paul Cleveland 92
OTHER SCORES BY TEAM
Arapahoe: Henry Schaefer 68, Russell Otten 75, Sam Marley 77, Kyle Taylor 78, Justin Goldsberry 83
Cherry Creek: Cole Edwards 76, Max Urman 79, Kobe Padilla 80, Jackson Burke 81, Jacob Guana 81
Mullen: Grant Vanek 75, Trevor McKune 76, Evan Redd 77, CJ Lauer 86, Alec Havey 89